I sometimes make the mistake of writing “Redroom” instead of Red Room, and every time I do, I am immediately transported back in time to a job I held with an engineering firm back in the 1980s. I managed a print production shop of writers, editors, and illustrators. Our job was to put together training manuals for nuclear power plants, e.g., “Don’t ever, EVER push this button.”
Shortly after I joined the company, it moved into a brand new building, complete with a state-of-the-art darkroom for my department. Only trouble was, the person in charge of signage for the new building created and installed a sign that read, “Dark Room.” As you can imagine, everyone thought this error was hilarious. In fact, if we were headed for the darkroom, we would affect a Count Dracula voice and tell people we were going to the Dark Roooooom.
Now, a darkroom has a pretty specific purpose, right? But a Dark Room? The possibilities are endless. And that has me thinking, not about the endless possibilities of Dark Room, but about a specific use for a Redroom. Might be a good blog topic, in fact.